16 Dog Novice AV Spaniel Stake on Thursday 21st November 2019 at Ditchingham Hall, Bungay, Sussex by kind permission of the Earl and Countess Ferrers and Headkeeper Nick Clitheroe
Judges: Wayne Greig A2985, Mark Watson B3405, Kevin Doughty NP32, Richard Bunyan NP3927
Shot very ably by Robert Clitheroe, Paul Wood, Ian Garfoot and Lee Maulton. Lovely ground, tough in places, dogs needed to get about a bit to keep up with the birds. Thank you to Nossewej and Dog and Field for their sponsorship, to the team of helpers, plus Guns, Judges and Nick for being so obliging. Well done all in the awards. -Julia
16 Dog Novice AV Spaniel Stake 21st January 2019 at Shotesham Park, Shotesham St Mary, Norfolk by kind permission of the Bailey family and Headkeeper Mr Mark Watson
Judges: Peter Avery (A2404) Brian Sadler (B3028) Ray Clark (NP3842) Steve Newman (NP3771)
The first of the Utility Gundog Soceity’s 2 novice trials the AV held yesterday at Shotesham Park, Nr Norwich bkpo of the Bailey family and headkeeper Mark Watson. Judges for the day, Peter Avery, Bonny Sadler, Ray Clark and Steve Newman. 15 dogs ran in this stake, 3 Cockers, 11 Springers and a Clumber. Again we were generously sponsored by Nossewej and Dog and Field.
It is fair to say that the Woodland at Shotesham is testing in places, but mostly it is light bramble with some reeds and rushes near the river. There were plenty of Pheasants about but unusually they were flushing in twos and threes rather than singularly and surprisingly we only saw a couple of Woodcock, whereas two weeks ago when I was beating we saw a dozen or more…. The Judges gave every dog the chance to shine and there were some very nice dogs run by some serious trailers. Speaking to Peter and Bonny afterwards they said they really had to nit pick amongst the first 4 dogs to come up with a winner.
Thanks to all that helped out, carried game, stops, beaters, Keeper Mark, under Keeper William Beckerleg, Mark Doyle, Peter Dobby and his lovely Golden Retriever who picked up for us. The Judges and Guns: Nigel Reed, David Standing, Brian Chesser, and Phil Askew.
16 Dog Open Qualifying Cocker Spaniel Stake on 12th December 2018 at Cuffley Shoot, Hertfordshire by kind permission of Mr Dave Thomas
Judges: Andrew Robinson (A1445), Victoria Williams (B3552)
We held our Open Cocker on 12th December 2018 at Brook Farm, Cuffley bkpo of Dave Thomas and the brilliant Keeper Martin. Judges Andy Robinson and Alan Hopkins-Young. A cold, bright day with quite a biting wind, the birds flew well testing the guns in this lovely bramble/bracken woodland. Mostly Pheasants shot with a couple of hares for this field of very good open (and a couple of novice) Cockers.
Again this open Cocker stake was particularly difficult to fill with nine pulling out on Sunday and Monday, by then I had no reserves and again had to resort to facebook. I am finding this increasingly frustrating, especially when the dogs are pulled out for no good reason. Thank you to all those that rallied round to fill the stake for me, a lot are good friends, one of the guns even pulling out of shooting and finding a replacement gun to run his novice dog, his kindness paid off and he got a ticket in his first open stake, well done Richard Bunyan.
Thanks also go to my helpers, Amanda Sherriff, Abbie Reid, Mark Doyle and Len Herbert, Charlotte Webb (cake Lady!) and John Keegan for getting me the guns and putting me up the night before and cooking me supper! Dog and Field and Nossewej for sponsoring us. The Guns, the Judges and all the stops and beaters that made it possible.
16 Dog Open Qualifying AV (exc Cockers) Spaniel Stake on 10th December 2018 at Fallow Hall, St Oysth, Essex by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Edwand Greig
Judges: Nick Gregory (A3007), Aubrey Ladyman (B2775)
We held our first trial of the season on 10th December 2018 an Open qualifying AV (exc. Cockers) Stake at Fallow Hall bkpo of Rose and Eddie Greig, shot extremely well by Wayne Greig, David Standing, Gerry Meehan and Richard Bunyan. Judged very ably by Nick Gregory and Aubrey Ladyman. We were very kindly sponsored by Nossewej and Dog & Field. All finished by 12.30, which was lovely, all dogs had a good chance to shine, Pheasant, Woodcock and one lone Partridge were shot. We are always made very welcome by Rose and Eddie, Rose making tea and coffee for everyone at the start and finish of the trial.